Afetrnoon Tea at The Empress Hotel

Honestly, I didn’t regret leaving the exquisite Butchart gardens for our next destination was well worth it. The afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel is a double win: this historic hotel – one of the oldest in Victoria, 1908- is a must visit and I absolutely relish this quintessentially English tradition : the array of savoury small sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, marmalade, colourful cakes and tea poured from a beautiful teapot.

The Original Store

As here at the Original Store

There are no tables, nor seats

We’ll grab the cup of joe neat

And head towards the shore




Reaching there with no clue

How long will be the queue

We were spared the long line

Thank God it was after time



The 1912 Pike Place Starbucks store is commonly called the Original Starbucks store.

It has kept its original appearance since 1971 and is now a tourist attraction due to its historic significance.